No mention of politics today. I will save that for tomorrow which of course is Election Day.  I do have some quick hitters on this first Monday of November:

I know it’s lighter earlier in the morning but count the end of Daylight Savings Time as one of my least favorite times of the year.  Yes many did get an extra hours sleep on Sunday but that’s a small bonus for the fact that sunset today is at 4:49pm.  Daylight Savings Time does not return until March 10th when we “spring ahead.”

You may notice things a bit quieter on the roads starting today as most public schools in New Jersey are closed for the week as part of a fall break that includes the NJEA Convention which will be held in Atlantic City on Thursday and Friday.

12 of the 24 Shore Conference teams that qualified for the NJSIAA Playoffs remain alive after the opening round with five of the teams that did lose falling to another shore school.  There will be three sectional semifinal matchups this weekend pitting one shore school against another with Brick Memorial to visit Long Branch, Brick travels to Middletown South and Rumson hosts Red Bank.

The biggest surprise of the opening round might have been Donovan Catholic’s near upset of Mater Dei Prep just two weeks after being routed by the Seraphs 48-12.  The visiting Griffins had a one point lead and the ball at midfield with just over four minutes left but lost a fumble and two minutes later the Mater Dei scored what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.

Felice Williams turned 91 yesterday and 11 of us celebrated my mother’s birthday with lunch at Xina in Toms River which is one of her favorites.  It was good day for Mom because not only did she have all of us to share it with but the Giants had the day off which means she didn’t have to watch them lose again.